Talking with those around me during Game 4, we were all in agreement
that perhaps Andrew Ladd had returned a bit too early from his injury.
After getting a bit too aggressive in his opening shift and getting a
cross-checking penalty in the opening minute of the game, Ladd looked
tentative and hesitant to get involved physically in the play.
Things opened up a bit for Ladd later in the third when Quenneville
changed the lines up, but overall Ladd just didn’t appear ready to have
returned. That he took the place of Burish, who had been effective in
limited minutes, was a bit frustrating as the Blackhawks were dominated
for most of the game.
Some thought that perhaps he’d be out again after his struggles.
After missing today’s morning skate, coach Joel Quenneville says that
he’ll be playing tonight. Of course, Ladd won’t admit that things
weren’t exactly on par for him in his first game back.
“I felt good,” Ladd said yesterday. “I felt more comfortable with
the pace as the game went on. Towards the end I think it’s more
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.
Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.
Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.
The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.
Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.
The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.
Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.
The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.
Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.
DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.
The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.
Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.
Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.
As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.
“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”